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rafael at dominican university. he will talk about his choice to replace leon panetta. leon panetta is stepping down as the cia director and pentagon chief. he has nominated chuck hagel as replacement. harry reid is pressing for a full vote. he is ask for people serving as early as the first. they will move to movie he theaters, and the ability to fly on defense department aircraft. >>> this morning, government experts will discuss the high speed rail program. it is a three day summit filled with visionaries who will be reviewing the plan that lasts from 2015 to 2030 and from san diego to san francisco. >>> time now 4:46 let's take another look at traffic with sal. are you looking at it? >> yes, there are no major problems through there and traffic looks good, it looks like a little bit of roadwork. coming from oakland to san francisco, it looks good 4:47 let's go to steve. there is still an on shore breeze which is not that strong but yesterday we had definitely 50s and 50s yesterday at half- moon bay fairfield 31 and yesterday at this time they had a north went and they were 31 ye
. the legacy leon panetta is leaving behind as he says good-bye. >>> and it's the first dave our amazing makeovers. the mom of a wounded warrior gets a brand-new rook. good morning. welcome to "news4 midday." i'm keith russell. >> and i'm barbara harrison. it's tuesday, february 12th, 2013. we start in college park. two people are dead, another person injured after a murder/suicide at the university of maryland campus. >> all three of university of maryland campus. megan mcgrath is live. >> reporter: it happened at this house behind me on 36th avenue. this is a rental like many of the homes on this block. the tenants, three university of maryland students. one of his two students turned on his two roommates shooting them before killing himself. a bullet hole through the rear window. the window of this suv shot out. and evidence of the fire that started it all. police release the photo of the damage. three university of maryland students live on the home in on 36th avenue. early this morning, police say one of the students lit a small fire in the basement. his two roommates also students
arrive in mobile on thursday. >>> leon panetta will say goodbye to his colleagues today. he served as defense secretary since july 2011 and before that was director of the cia. his possible replace. chuck hagel, could be one step closer to being confirmed today. the nomination will be put to a vote. >>> one of panetta's last acts as defense secretary was to extend a list of benefits for same sex spouses and significant others of service members. the perks which were previously denied by the pentagon include child care services, as well as access to on-base commissaries and movie theaters. the policy changes go into effect once training is completed. >> jobs do you know about what's on your credit report? as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports, things like misspelled names, wrong addresses and birth dates. and even in some cases, wrong payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan, qualifying for lower interest rates and even cost you your job. if you find an error on your credit report, you should immediately contact the credit agenci
know, when did he know it, and did he go to bed while leon panetta was up all night? that just seems so extraneous. it's just using chuck hagel as hostage for the lerchlg because wasn't even around during benghazi. >> it certainly seems -- andrea, i guess i'm skeptical of the idea that in the week's time they really need time to review what chuck hagel has said in the past, his speeches. he know chuck hagel has said controversial things about iran and we know he has said controversial things about homo sexuality that he has since apologized for. this delay seems to me maybe i'm being too cynical and political that that's kind of my thing, but this delay seems to be about the opponents of chuck hagel who do not think he is suited to be secretary of defense want one more week to see if there is anything that comes out that can be disqualifying for him. if there isn't -- if you are hagel, you never want to be twisting in the wind for another week while you kind of sit silently and europe independents do everything they can to kind of find something disqualifying? >> susan rice, the nominee
the british military and the french think when leon panetta turns up? >> well, they like leon panetta but what they will think is what they have been thinking for the last 2 1/2 years, is that the republican party in the united states has gone off the rails and is obstructing the normal order of business of the world's only super power, and this is the first time, martin, in the history of the defense department going back to the 1940s that there's been a filibuster of a nominee to head that department and i would wager that if it went to its predecessor that the department of war going all the way back in american history, this has never been done. these people are out of control in their obstructionism and the only thing to do is fight them all the way, and there are new tools that the president unveiled in his state of the union to do that with. the president should go to enlisted personnel, retired enlisted personnel all over the united states and say, chuck hagel is the first of yours to be nominated for secretary of defense. they want to prevent a vote? you deserve a vote as an enlisted
. cornyn: mr. president, to my knowledge, we do have a secretary of defense and his name is leon panetta. and it's my understanding that mr. panetta's going to stay on the job, a job that he's done very well as secretary of defense and as c.i.a. director for the last several years. the majority leader knows full well that the reason why cloture was denied or the debate -- closing off debate was denied is because there are reasonable requests being made on this side for additional information, and i hope and trust that that information will be provided here in the next few days and when we come back from the recess, we'll have another vote and another opportunity for senators to express themselves. but this is not any attempt to kill this nomination. this is not a filibuster. i realize that's the headline that the majority leader would like the newspapers to write. we actually had some very reasonable discussions going on earlier today among senators on the democratic side and republican side to try to work this out. given the fact that this nomination has just so recently been reported f
, leon panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. he says he's looking forward to coming back to monterey to take care of his ranch. >> yeah. >>> a lot of people are off. they don't have to work like you and i. it's presidents day. you are still watching the commute. >> that's right. i'm gonna be here on monday, too. >> i know you will be here, too. it will be the same even better on monday. some people don't have to go to work. some people will. we're looking at the commute on some of the major freeways. there are people out there, westbound on 80 as you drive out to the macarthur maze. no major problems. but it's not as busy as it normally is. looking at the bay bridge toll plaza, that's lighter. there is a little bit of a delay. we don't even bother with the traffic time. 101 northbound at 37 they are clearing a crash there with a little bit of slow traffic, southbound 101 in that area. 7:08. let's go to steve. >>> mostly clear skies. there's just a few little hints of some fog. it will get chewed up fast. cool to cold lows, he really mild. there's some locat
's nominee for director of the cia, john brennan, followed by defense secretary leon panetta, and martin dempsey testified on the attacks in benghazi, libya, and later, the farewell ceremony for defense secretary panetta. john brennan, president obama's nominee for cia director testifying to the intelligence committee, answering questions on the targeted killing program and his role as counterterrorism advisor to president bush. the confirmation hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. they were forced to reset for several minutes to clear the room. [captions copyright nationalcable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed bynational captioning institute] police. will the capitol police now come in and clear the room. all signs out. [indiscernible] if the capitol police will clear the room, please. [indiscernible] [indiscernible] please clear the room. [indiscernible] please clear the room. [indiscernible] all right, i think we should clear the entire room and then let people back in. what do you think? >> we need more capital police. >> yeah, let's -- [indiscernible] ok,
pan leon panetta, i voted for him. there's a process. when it's fully adhered to, he'll move forward. >> neil: do you think something went wrong or do you think the administration, rather than appoint a maverick like chuck hagel, it would be an easy slam dunk through the senate. yet the confirmation hearing got to be contentious. what happened? >> bottom line is people are concerned about sequestration. you have a session coming up on it. you just spoke about it. i was working in the pentagon and that's all they're talking about. a lot of concerns the senators have about what's going to happen to the military, their ability to protect the country, his statements on israel and other things, they have a right to inquire and they should have the questions answered. they don't need to ram him through. they should are the ability to do a thorough -- >> a has happened at this place you used to work. it seems broken. they can't do anything in the time allotted so we bring things up to a sequestration. the thursday one in as many months. then we have this around a confirmation around a poten
that means for current defense secretary leon panetta. >>> expect to see more bikes on bart next month. bart may permanently expand access for cyclists. it will test allowing bikes during all phases of the day. starting march 1st cyclists you can bring your bikes on trains any time. as long as they are not in the first three cars of the train. most say they like being able to bring their bikes on board during commute hours. that was during a test last august. >>> 6:08 is the time. back over to sal to check in on traffic. any problems? >> pam you were hesitant there. >> i was. i couldn't remember if you mentioned any problems. >> no. we are off to a good start. all of us are trying to figure out if it will be friday light or not. the best way to do that is looking at the bay bridge. if we still see it this way in a half hour, then it will be a light commute. usually by now we start to see a little bit more traffic. i'm going to go ahead and say it's beginning to look a little friday night. as we have been mentioning on the reports. the traffic is not all that bad on interstate 8 oil in oak --
would it mean if leon panetta had to go to that meeting instead of chuck hagel? >> well, you know, i think the big issues here have to do not so much with the nato meeting because with all due respect to n.a.t.o. it's a great organization, i don't know of any huge n.a.t.o. decisions that are up coming in the next few weeks. but the sequestration looms and you well know, and the iran management looms. we have to make decisions on afghanistan. but the president just made most of those for the time being. again, i think it's sequestration and iran probably that demands hagel get up to speed quickly. that's where i would want him confirmed to engage on those debates as soon as possible. >> michael: i would suspect there would be republican glee in embarrassing the president having to send in sitting but lame duck secretary to nato. so i feel like that's part of what they want tad. to do. >> very quickly. you're right. any particular incident like that may factor in at a detailed level. but the fundamental question here the fundamental issue is that republicans don't really like chuck hag
offered to their heterosexual partners. defense secretary leon panetta signed off on this memo yesterday and part of it it says, as a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. panetta says the changes should happen in the next few months. >>> the home of the whopper is about to become the home of the latte and nine other premium coffee beverages. our partners at "u.s.a. today" report that today burger king will announce plans to upgrade their coffee offerings in a really big way. the company plans to double the number of coffee beverages that it sells to ten in a partnership with seattle's best coffee. soft drinks, coffee sales, very, very profitable. >> yes, low overhead and people think well, it's a little stronger, i can pay more for it. >> we all love our coffee. >> i'm not going to ark with you there. >> he couldn't function without it. what do you have in the next 30 minutes? >> we have the state of the union address so we're going to look at the state of the economy. how are we doing? >> we promi
panetta spoke at a pentagon farewell ceremony. he talked about north korea and called on congress to end the uncertainty posed by pending budget cuts known as sequestration. mr. panetta will stay in his position until his successor is confirmed. president obama has nominated former senator chuck hagel to be his replacement. this is half an hour. [applause] >> halt. present. halt. ♪ o say can you see by the dawn's early light snule what so -- what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star spangled banner yet wave oaer the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ >> please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, the director of administration and management, mr. michael rhodes. >> well, welcome, everybody. thank you very much for being here today. as we have an opportunity for the secretary's farewell address to the pentagon c
back on that characterization suggesting that leon panetta, the defense secretary, met with general allen just days ago. here is what panetta said yesterday. >> the opportunity to meet with him yesterday. my recommendation to him was, take your time, you know, be with your family. think about what you need to do. i think your country will always fine a way to make use of your great services but you've got to make the decision as to what you want to do in the future. >> reporter: again the pentagon is not confirming that general allen is out and no longer, in the running for that position, or that he is retiring. however, sources that ed henry has spoken to say that the general will be retiring and that he has taken his name out of the nomination process for that four-star position in europe because he worries about a bruising confirmmation process that would bring up these jill kelley e-mails which were, which we were told at the time were inappropriate and, would be embarrassing if he had to be questioned about them. jon? jon: all right. so what happens next? and in leon panetta is
the people involved are not getting the necessary help. the secretary of defense, panetta, the chairman of joint chiefs, attorney general holder ngs and the president of the united states have failed, have failed the people and continue to fail the people that were wounded and killed and the families at fort hood. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? mr. cohen: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. today is the birthday of abraham lincoln. unfortunately, not many americans probably know that because february 12 used to be a date that people remembered. now it's just presidents' day. a weekend vacation. a movie has been presented, an award winning movie about president lincoln. a great president who saved the union, 13th amendment passed. slavery abolished. but he also showed in that movie or it showed president lincoln could make compromise and make the two sides of the bodies work toge
hill hearing. leon panetta and martin dempsey testified about the benghazi attacks attacks. he accused susan rice of lying about the attacks when she appeared on the sunday tv talk shows last september. here is part of the questioning in that hearing. >> chairman dempsey, at the time of the meeting, would you have -- how would you have characterized the attack on the compound? >> i did not know. >> it could have been either one. >> that is right. >> it could have been spontaneous were preplanned. but i have to ask the same question, would you agree that was a preplanned attack? unequivocably? >> at the time, when this was going on, we were not sure was taking place. when i later found out that you had rpgs and there was an attack, there was no question in my mind. >> my position would be they knew that at the time because i have talked to several people that have stated they knew it. unequivocably that would have been a terrorist attack. the thing i am getting to come and do you agree that it was a terrorist attack? >> when i appeared before this committee three days afterwards
of my heart. we welcome an opportunity to describe the syntax. secretary panetta and i had of the situation. and as we do, will provide to this committee as complete information as we have, organized anyway you want. and today is a start in that regard. the problem comments into tears. the first is that sequestration, which is scheduled to kick in in just two weeks time requires us to subtract from our budget for the remainder of fiscal year 13, $46 billion. and as the chairman indicated, to do it in a way -- the worst way managerial econ and namely to take equal shares or proportionate share summation every part of the budget, which is obviously not what you so in the near term, what you have this here, in the next few months, it's a true crisis in military readiness. if the caps imposed that accompany sequester our continued for the next 10 years, as is the plan in the budget control act, we were going to have to change our national defense strategy. those cuts are too large, too sustained for us to implement the strategy that we crafted under the president's guidance jus
panetta, said good-bye to his staff at the pentagon. >> it has been the honor of my life to have served with you in this position as secretary of defense. it's been the greatest privilege i've had in my almost 50 years of public service to be able to represent the people of this department, to our friends and to our partners around the world. >> chuck hagel, the man tapped the to secede panetta at the pentagon, will face his first major hurdle today. the senate armed services committee will vote today on his nomination. senate majority leader harry reid is pressing for a full senate vote either tomorrow or thursday. [ female announcer ] are you really getting salon quality... or settling for wannabes? stop compromising! new vidal sassoon pro series. care and styling from the original salon genius, created to let you have it all at an affordable price. new vidal sassoon lets you say no to compromise and yes to very shiny... very silky... very sexy... very you. it's salon genius in a bottle! now in your store. new vidal sassoon pro series. salon genius. brilliantly priced. that's a good t
their third nuclear test. we will hear from defense secretary leon panetta. >> president obama is delivering the state of the union address tonight never mentioned this morning about what he is expected to talk about. >> it is cold and some of our north bay spots. a lot of locations waking up to '40's. into the afternoon however, it will be cooler along the coastline. mostly clear conditions. light winds in the forecast by later tonight. we will enjoy a warm up. as we push into thursday and friday i will look at your extended forecast in my next report. >> we start with a bridge check the ride to the bay bridge not slow despite the fact that there was a stall on the upper deck has been cleared. the san mateo bridge ride looks good. highway 92 the drive time running 13 minutes foster city from hayward. the golden gate bridge ride is a small commute south bound a little heavier today than other days this week. >> thank you george. a violence night in vallejo has left one man dead aat least four injured. >> it started around 830 last night in the garage of a house on humboldt and eastwood stree
heart. we welcome an opportunity to describe these impacts. secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for sixteen months now. and i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now it's at the door. you, who know us, who understand us, and know national security inside and out by virtue of your service on this committee are critical because i'm hoping when we describe what the consequences of these things are for national defense as we see and give you the information that you need that you can in communicate to your colleagues and the congress, than we can move in the distribution of the comprehensive solution to both of the problems that you referenced. to senator inhofe, absolutely we will provide that information. we're still, and we will be continue to for some months working through the man gearial consequences of this situation. and as we do, we'll provide to this committee as complete of information as we have organized in any way you want. in today's -- i'll start in that regard. the problem comes in two-tiers. the first
would redefine the u.s. end game in afghanistan. >>> leon panetta is authorizing more benefits to same-sex partners but the pentagon is not he can tending some housing benefits saying the complex issue requires more review and it has triggered concerns among military leaders. the defendants department memo does give same-sex military partners other benefits like identification cards to get into commissaries and other services. housing payments and health benefits cannot be included because of federal law. >>> an army veteran who survived a taliban attack has been awarded the medal of honor. president obama commended former staff sergeant clinton romsha saying he helped defend the indefensible. he was with a group of 53 troops far outnumbered by more than 300 taliban fighters charged into enemy fire in 2009 to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. >> when i called clint to tell him he would receive this medal, he said he was honor bud he said it wasn't just me out there, it was a team effort. so today, we also honor this american team including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. >>
secretary leon panetta signed off on a memo yesterday that said it is fundamental that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. it should happen in the next few months. >>> more members of the military are dying from suicide than in combat. wusa9's jc hayward salutes an organization designed to fight this disturbing trend. >>> tomorrow the white house is going to issue an executive order aimed at boosting the nation's defenses against cyberattacks, according to the website the hill. it will abvoluntary program for utility companies so they can get classified information when it comes to cyberthreats and methods for friending them off -- fending them off. >>> catholics around the world are still reeling from monday's surprise announcement from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >> the pontiff said his advanced age and poor health are what forced him to step down. derek mcginty has more on what this means for his followers. >> reporter: for the last six centuries, the catholic church chose a new pope as i
. >>> outgoing defense secretary leon panetta will say his final goodbyes to his colleagues at the pentagon. that happens later this morning. he's served since july of 2011. his possible replacement. former nebraska senator chuck hagel could be one step closer to being confirmed. the committee plans to put the nomination up for a vote. >>> now to the ongoing search for the ex-officer wanted for murder. new documents reveal christopher dorner might have fled to mexico. as police continue their manhunt across southern california, authorities are searching more than 30 square miles across the big bear area, which includes a popular ski resort. dorner's burned-out truck was found in the area with weapons and camping gear inside. dorner was fired a few years ago from the lapd and it's believed his attacks are part of a revenge plot. >> to be targeted because you took an oath to protect others, to have your family targeted because they're related to you, that is absolutely terrifying. >> authorities have increased security along the u.s./mexico border and warn airport security to be on the lookou
the testimony last week by secretary of defense panetta and chairman dempsey revealed a vacuum of leadership at the top of the obama administration that i found not only unprecedented but shocking and very, very disturbing, that the president wasn't intimately involved in worrying about these americans under attack, worried about other americans elsewhere in the middle east, in north africa, possibly being under attack, the lack of contact between the secretary of defense and the secretary of state. i mean this is a -- we face a threat in that region, the president is nowhere close to adequately dealing witness. i hope he talks about it tonight. he certainly didn't in his inaugural address. bill: would you expect that? i'm not counting on it. i don't think the president pays adequate attention to international affairs. i suppose he'll say something about north korea because he doesn't have any choice. bill: john bolton thank you. hemmer@fox news.com. bya, because you asked, just one line is all we need. martha: this story and this man who is a doctor are getting a ton of attention after he m
lasted a lot a year but leon panetta and i know he's one of your neighbors in california she was captured by the operation mentality of the cia before he'd been in the building more than a month this was a national security team obama also was by the military that's how you got the surge of the forces i think he realizes he had by the military and that is important and one of the reasons why i'm a little more optimistic about a second term he's a wise man and foreign policy and if the end of the war and iraq keas meander into words and the the war afghanistan and he's allowing the pentagon and you have to remember when you're looking at the pentagon you are looking at an institution that has defined motor skills and a dinosaur. if you take the pentagon a long time to put something together all but obama has to do and i know it isn't this simple but i would look at the gorbachev experience. he came out of 1985 he gave the secret speech in 1986 denouncing afghanistan to his fellow bureau colleagues as a bleeding wound he had the moxie secretly tell shultz we were getting out that the milita
secretary were on capitol hill outlining the danger. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for 16 months now. i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now, the wolf is at the door. >> i begin my career in a hollow army, i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligated go authority for the defense department in history at a time that is more dangerous than it's ever been. >> the navy had to cancel the deployment to the u.s.s. truman. army chief warned they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces. 3,000 small businesses will lose army contracts and could face bankruptcy they warned if sequester is not stopped. >> shep: on another subject, the president tonight at the state of the union expected to fill out the details of a dramatic troop drawdown in afghanistan? >> he is expected tonight to announce that 34,000 u.s. troops will be home at this time next year from afghanistan. that is about half of the force that is currently serving in afghan
reaction afterward on news 4 at 11:00. >>> 5:35 right now. defense secretary leon panetta will bid farewell to his colleagues. he'll give a final address this morning. he has served since july 2011. before that, he was director of the cia. his possible replacement as defense secretary, former nebraska senator chuck hagel, could move one step closer to being confirmed today. the senate armed services committee plans to put hagel's nomination up for a vote. >>> most people you meet know their credit score off the top of their heads. you may want to double-check it this week. the federal trade commission says as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports. including the spelling of your name, your address, your birthday and in some cases even your payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan qualifying for lower interest rates or cost you a job. if you find a mistake on your credit report. you're advised to contact the credit reporting agencies to have that immediately resolved. >>> let's check in with angie goff on the live desk with breaking news. >>
on israel, iran, iraq, and nuclear weapons. if he is confirmed, hagel would replace leon panetta. >>> the story behind a wide eyed stowway in the grill of a pickup truck. >>> but first, it's back to back covers for this bikini beauty on the sports illustrated edition. >> and don't forget, we're always on at wusa9.com and the wusa9 app. stay with us. we'll be right back. >>> good news for fans of kate upton. for the second straight year, the supermodel is featured on the front of sports illustrated swim suit edition. it has a prominent place above the ed sullivan studio. upton and other models joined to reveal the top ten lists. the cover was shot in antarctica. that's pact practical. the 50th anniversary swim suit edition hits newsstands today. >> all right, from the cold to the warmth, right? >> that's right. to florida now. a bird strike story that has nothing to do with playing. >> this one involves a great horned owl. it began thursday night when she was going 60 miles an hour and hit something on the florida turnpike. she figured whatever it was, it was road kill. after
. peters basilica. stunning. >>> he cannot leave yet that does not mean leon panetta cannot say good-bye. and that is precisely what the defense secretary did today in his farewell ceremony. this is just outside the pentagon. he spoke about his challenges his replacement must face. >> you're going to have to continue to deal with rogue states like iran and north korea. we just saw what north korea has done in the last few weeks. a missile test and now a nuclear test. they represent a serious threat to the united states of america. we have got to be prepared to deal with that. >> deal with that, he says. panetta has been leading the pentagon for the last 18 months. but he's been in public service for the last five decades. >>> live this hour, big moment for chuck hagel, the man president obama would like to become the next secretary of defense. the senate armed forces committee holding a vote on hagel's nomination. and while it is likely he will be confirmed, several republicans, they're still putting up a fight. that happens this hour. >>> also, cereal and soda? pepsi introducing a n
, secretary panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the athat can claimed four -- the attack that claimed four american lives. chuck hagel had nothing to do with the attack in benghazi. the administration hasn't been forthcoming is outlandish. there are serious consequences to this delay. consequences that are occurring right now. the president is making some important decisions about afghanistan. he announced to the world just a day or two ago that 34,000 troops will be coming home during the next year from afghanistan. we're negotiating with the afghan government regarding how we'll support them beyond 2014. negotiations are going on right now. i heard today from former senator john kerry that he's headed for the middle east. why? syria. that's something else that the secretary of defense has to be concerned about. next week while we're on recess, while we're on recess, they're having a nato defense ministers meeting. they'll be in brussels? what to do? to coordinate ou our
't. they didn't tell us what obama was doing. and panetta revealed they didn't talk for eight hours while this whole thing was going on. >> right, right, and-- >> go ahead. >> it it can be important for a president to oversee something like this. i don't know if you remember, but it was directly reagan ordering the invasion of granada and advised against it, he said no, i don't care, there are americans there, we're going in and followed it up saying, don't worry you can always trust the american people. and this is new information, now. i mean, on one hand it kind of depresses me to keep going through what a shocking outrage benghazi was because anyone who cared knew about it before the election and still obama was reelected. on the other hand, this is new information, the media was desperately trying to make sure obama got reelected. you know, maybe they wouldn't cover this now. i think whenever you talk about benghazi, it would be useful to play a little clip of hillary and susan rice claiming it was this american-- egyptian-american film maker out here in l.a. and some siller trailer
defense secretary leon panetta warned that those countries and the uses will have to contend with, quote, rogue states for some time. >> you just saw what north korea has done in these last few weeks. the missile test and now a nuclear test. they represent a serious threat to the united states of america. we've got to be prepared to deal with that. >> steven: north korea's own public statement insisted today's test was only a first response. it said it will be additional actions to come but gave no specifics. >> brown: and i'm joined by ambassador charles "jack" pritchard, former u.s. special envoy for north korea negotiatons under president george w. bush. and james acton, a senior associate in the nuclear policy program at the carnegie endowment for international peace. ambassador pritchard, i guess one obvious question is why now? >> it's a great question. and i usually start by saying why not now? let me explain that. north koreans have a very mature and serious nuclear weapon and a missile technology program. they're going to continue to do the research and development. when the tim
panetta said it would be irresponsible for the congress to allow it to happen. many of us agree, it must be avoided. but apart from that challenge in the next month, or series of months, the long-term outlook for the department of defense is that it must do more with less, and secretary hagel, if he is confirmed, will have that management task, and he is one of the people in this country who is almost uniquely qualified to carry it out. and i believe that he will with great distinction. he will take care of our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national defense, he will do what he thinks is right even if it's not popular, and he is, finally, as everyone has said, a good and decent man. i thank in particular senator mccain for his very compelling and telling comment during our consideration before the vote in the armed services committee. he said -- and i agree -- no one should impugn chuck hagel's character. he's a person of integrity and character. and i believe that he will have the respect at all levels of our defense, men and women who serve and sacrifice every day, men and
attacks that can kill or disable an enemy. defense secretary panetta approved the establishment of the distinguished warfare medal. the red, white, and blue ribbon will be given to individual for extraordinary achievement in military operations after september 11, 2001. unlike other combat medals, honorees do not need to risk their lives to receive it. >>> the white house now has a fight on its hands over the president's call to raise the minimum wage. he called on congress to hike the wage from $7.25 an hour to $9. house speaker john boehner says that would reduce the number of jobs available and make it harder for small businesses to hire. the president fired back yesterday at north carolina saying reviving the economy means workers need to make a decent living. nchlthsz this morning, major wildfires forcing many families out of their homes in australia. leaders believe lightning strikes sparked at least 16 fires on tuesday. they issued an emergency warning and evacuated families from their homes in western austra a australia. the fire's destroyed more than three homes and sc
secretary of defense. and i have to say, sitting there this week with secretary panetta, a man who i served with come in and i am proud to have voted for, i was proud to vote for him at the beginning of his term as secretary of defense come in here at the end of the term, i'm just as proud. mr. chairman, i would be delighted and eager to vote for you for confirmation for secretary of defense. i would do that without hesitation. i would've voted for senator warner, senator nunn. clearly senator hagel brought the right people with him, but we need the right secretary of defense, and chuck hagel is not the right secretary of defense for this time. we need a secretary of defense who can stand before the world and articulate that we reject a policy of containment of a nuclear iran. we need a secretary of defense that can stand before the world and be clear in making the point that the iranian government is not a legitimately constituted government. when senator hagel made the misstatement about the legitimacy of the iranian government, senator gillibrand had to come back later, explained to him,
security. it's important to note that secretary panetta has made clear that allowing these sweeping cuts to go into effect would be -- quote -- "devastateing -- devastating in his words and would badly damage the readiness of the united states military. the fact is defense has already taken a huge reduction in future spending. the defense budget has been cut and is slated to be cut by $460 billion over ten years, and that is before sequestration. when this number is added to the defense cuts scheduled to begin on march 1, we are looking at an enormous impact on the -- our national security. now, it's important to recognize that we're not saying that the national debt is not a problem. certainly, when you have a $16.4 trillion debt, that is not sustainable, and the national debt is a security concern in its own right. just last year, in 2012, the federal government spent $223 billion in interest payments alone. that means we're spending more on interest on the national debt each month than we spend in an entire year on naval shipbuilding and the coast guard budget. just think about that.
panetta held what could be his final press conference as head of the pentagon. he announced the creation of a military award called the distinguished warfare metal. the secretary also talked about north korea's nuclear program. the troop drawdown in afghanistan and the series of automatic spending cuts called sequestration. secretary panetta will retire pending the confirmation of defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. [laughter] >> you are on your own, kid. >> good afternoon. as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought i was part of the last act of an italian opera and i'm not sure exactly when it would end. i think that the congress will act, and that they will confirm chuck hagel this week. what i wanted to do was come down and use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed, believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of t
, different than what our secretary of defense panetta has said now, that he felt that the pentagon was bloated and needed to be teardown. during your hearing he said that those are statements he made prior to the budget control act being passed, but that was not the case and that was later corrected. in terms of shipping the pentagon, i certainly don't think that we want to be in a position of thinking, especially in light of the testimony we heard this morning, the pentagon is bloated bodies to be pared down. all of us agree that there are things that we could do better in the pentagon, and i know that many of us have worked on things that we could do better and more efficient in the pentagon, but sequestration is not the answer to that. finally, you know, hours ago, as senator reed mentioned, the north koreans had detonated a nuclear device. yet a year ago the senator was a signatory toward a report that essentially would eliminate a portion of our nuclear triad. we have three legs our nuclear triad, and he was a signatory for report that recommended that that be a manner in whic
secretary of defense, leon panetta who will be leaving, although chuck hagel is on the hot seat right now. he was approved out of the senate armed services committee partisan vote, 14-11 today, but the senate floor, a full vote expected sometime later this week and you see the rest of the cabinet filing in behind those two men. ed henry, chief white house correspondent is standing by on the north lawn. ed? >> reporter: and here at the white house, earlier today briefed by the president, top aides what he's going to say tonight. they're saying to me that in private the president's aides are expressing deep concerns about the economy, the recent weak economic growth, raising unemployment has sort of concerned them about the president's standing and so their goal tonight is to give the president talking about the middle class and get beyond the washington squabble about sequester and the process battles going on in washington, talk about the middle class. these democrats say the president will do that with some new plans and some old plans. a new one, for example, he'll talk about raising th
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